16 New Occupations To Become Eligible For Express Entry When Canada Overhauls NOC


16 New Occupations To Become Eligible For Express Entry When Canada Overhauls NOC

Canada’s overhaul of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system will see 16 new occupations become eligible for Express Entry.

A ministerial memorandum, dated February 21, 2022 and seen by immigration.ca, shows jobs including truck and bus drivers, orderlies, teaching assistants and dental assistants are to be included under the selection system. A full list is below.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will complete the transition from NOC 2016 to NOC 2021 in November 2022, the memorandum confirms.

In doing so, the system will move from the current skill level-based classification to a new TEER classification, standing for Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities.

However, the current Skill Type 0 and Skill Levels A to D do not directly correspond to the TEER levels 0 to 5.

The rough equivalents are as follows:

NOC 2016

NOC 2021

Skill Type 0


Skill Level A

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Skill Level B



Skill Level C


Skill Level D


Using NOC 2016, occupations qualify for Express Entry from Skill Level B and above. Under NOC 2021, TEER 3 and above will qualify.

This means the following occupations will be added:

Payroll administrators
Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
Sheriffs and bailiffs
Correctional service officers
By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
Residential and commercial installers and servicers
Pest controllers and fumigators
Other repairers and servicers
Transport truck drivers
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
Heavy equipment operators
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors.

Meanwhile, three other occupations that are eligible for Express Entry under NOC 2016 will become ineligible under NOC 2021. Those occupations are:

Other performers
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners.

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